Pentecost Testimony

One of our members shared this during worship on Pentecost, June 4, 2017

Back in Ghana, I was part of the National Union of Anglican students (an organization consisting of the youth of the Episcopal churches in tertiary institutions). At the end of each semester, we go on evangelism missions to different regions in the country. Over 100 different languages are spoken in Ghana besides English and I can only speak one fluently. During one of our evangelical mission to the northern part of the country, a friend and I was paired and assigned a location to go preach to the people. Unfortunately for us, the first people we visited did not speak our language and to even make matters worse, they were Muslims. Our first instant was, omg how are we going to share the word of God with them because of the language barrier. My friend made it clear to me that she isn’t the one speaking so I had to think of what to do. The only thing that came in mind was for me to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to use me as a vessel and speak through me since I had no idea what to do. Out of no where, I was able to share the word of God with them in the language they understand. To my surprise, this people not only listened to what I had witnessed to them but also received Christ as their Lord and personal savior.

This experience was kind of a miracle to me because it taught me the power of the Holy Spirit and how it is willing to use any one who avails themselves. To me, it was a confirmation of what the disciples experienced during the day of Pentecost. It’s my prayer that, the Holy Spirit will visit each one of us on this day of Pentecost. Amen

Posted on June 5, 2017 .

God is good always

What is a GIML? A GIML is a "God In My Life" story. 

A Vestry member shared this story this week.

A dear friend called terribly upset about her son not returning to college. I told her this seems like the biggest deal in the world right now, but in five years it won't mean a thing. I told her about our Bible study on the story of Joseph at our Vestry meeting, and reassured her that God has a plan for her son and to keep the faith. I told her to look to God for peace because God has already taken care of everything and to be thankful that God does. By that afternoon, her son was able to enroll in another college, closer to home. God is good, always.

Posted on January 12, 2017 .

Outreach GIML

 Our Junior Warden in response to our Outreach effort to collect school supplies for People to People's Back to School with Dignity made a special appeal to the congregation and offered to shop for these supplies. The following is her "God In My Life" (GIML) Story.

This morning before leaving to shop for the school backpacks and supplies, I saw an interview with a teenage girl from South Bronx.  She came from a very loving family background, however, they had definitely had many financial struggles.  Only over the past year her father had secured a job that allowed them to move out of public housing into an apartment.  She had applied for a $500 contribution that ABC was sponsoring for the purpose of "helping others".  Her story was that so many of her classmates did not have an opportunity to do their best in school simply because they could not afford school supplies.  She was selected to receive the contribution which she was using to help with supplies for students at her local high school.  What a blessing!  I am sure that there are children and young people in our community that are in the same situation so today's experience of St. John's Outreach mission was even more special for me!

Posted on August 10, 2016 .